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FA09: Day 2 – 4th update


FA Day 2: fourth update…

SCUDERI TO KINGS: As the Trib first learned via a text from Rob Scuderi at 3:24 p.m., he has agreed to a four-year deal worth an average annual salary of $3,400,000.

I’ve updated the main Trib story several times. For details and reaction, read here: Tribune-Review/Pens

• Kings are an interesting spot for Scuderi. As former teammate and Penguins D Brooks Orpik reminded, they went hard after him last season when he was a UFA. L.A. has cap space, and perhaps the Kings aren’t done plucking Penguins – as the story linked above notes.

CROSBY SPEAKS: Reason for the delayed fourth CI update was a series of phone conversations, one with Penguins C Sidney Crosby, who will address a variety of subjects – including his Olympic orientation camp invite – in a Q&A that will run in Friday’s print product. Anyway, an excerpt from that piece:

Q: How comfortable are you with the long-term direction of the Penguins, who have only Chris Kunitz signed as a scoring-line winger beyond the next two seasons?

A: I’m definitely (comfortable). I think I can speak for anybody and say we want to win. That’s what motivates you. We push ourselves to be better and produce no matter who we play with. It’s not an easy thing with the cap to say you can give X-ammount for a certain position. It’s impossible to do that. We’ve got depth and guys that can play different roles. We want to win, and this group can do that.”

I’ve spent most of the past three years talking with Crosby almost daily during the season. This wide-ranging interview contains the most engaging answers he’s provided on several subjects.

• Interested to hear your thoughts regarding moves so far: via e-mail.

At some point when stuff stops happening I’ll have time to print some of your thoughts, many of which have been quite good.


Chipped Ice is your spot for details, but for quick shots check me out at: Rossi_on_pens




Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

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